Dr. Sharp received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The University of Mississippi and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. His training focused on the application of behavioral interventions to address a wide range of common, yet challenging childhood concerns, including disruptive behavior, feeding disorders, anxiety, toileting issues and sleep difficulties.
Following his fellowship, Dr. Sharp transitioned to the Marcus Autism Center’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program in 2007 and assumed the role of Director of the Feeding Program in 2013. In this role, Dr. Sharp leads a team of multidisciplinary professionals whose mission is to enhance the overall quality of life for children and their families by providing evidenced-based, comprehensive care for the medical, behavioral, nutritional, and oral motor concerns associated with pediatric feeding disorders.
Dr. Sharp is both nationally and internationally recognized for his presentations and publications on the prevalence, cause and potential impact of chronic feeding difficulties and related challenging behaviors in pediatric populations. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative, community viable methods of treatment delivery based on the need to expand the availability of effective interventions in community settings.
He has co-authored a treatment manual for parents on this topic, and he has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to psychological treatment of children. In 2014, he was awarded the Allied Healthcare Hero Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his dedication to improving treatment and access to care for children with chronic and severe feeding concerns.
When Erik was born he had a stroke that caused some damage to his brain. By the time Erik was 4 months old, he stopped eating. Eleven years after he first began treatment at Marcus, Erik's feeding and language issues are under control.
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